Max Reif

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Dream, Ambition - Poem by Max Reif

I long to walk the world
without a single care,
down every street in innocence,
entranced by ordinary miracles —

spring blossoms on the trees,
the dead lead skies'
life-giving rain,

and by the enigmatic street itself,
this trance of street
awaiting every passerby,

each one trailing the mystery:
where have we come from,
where are we, where
are we going?

I'd graze and drink
like an animal
without reflective memory,

and live within the world,
a visitor
on an aesthetic mission —

to contemplate all that I see,
refining, tamping down, until

I'm left with but
an essence — joy.

Comments about Dream, Ambition by Max Reif

  • (3/21/2007 12:16:00 AM)

    Breathing in and distilling the wonders of the everyday world into oneself is a part of the essence of happiness indeed.... a calming, thought-provoking piece to read - love it Max. t x (Report)Reply

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  • (3/19/2007 9:45:00 AM)

    I, too, long for those new old streets, wishing to walk down them as well, and find an adventure or to, or a miracle of something unexpected that I just know is waiting there for me...Beautiful essence of joy..Thanks, Max! ! (Report)Reply

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  • (3/19/2007 9:34:00 AM)

    ..........................unquestionably poetic. (Report)Reply

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  • Melanie Emiko (3/19/2007 9:16:00 AM)

    I agree with you Max. Very well written with a message of undying significance. And though it is supposed to be as simple as caring for nothing, to vacate the is usually the hardest ambition. ~_~ (Report)Reply

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  • (3/19/2007 9:06:00 AM)

    I like your dream, Max, especially 'refining, tamping down...' and the essence of joy at last. We all need to remember to do that.


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  • (3/19/2007 8:38:00 AM)

    this one's edited from Saturday, when it had these 2 comments:

    Amanda Lukas (3/17/2007 2: 42: 00 PM)
    The metaphoric contrast of life and death here is quite well done:

    ..'and dead lead skies
    that send life-giving rain...'

    A fabulous work, Max. Thank you.
    Anna Russell (3/17/2007 2: 20: 00 PM)
    A swirling, hope-filled write. Lovely.
    Anna xxx

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 19, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, February 4, 2011

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